Monday, January 11, 2021

Another Lockdown, You Say?


Not like that March 2020 lockdown.

Seriously, we expected this, right?

Well, if there's one, nak salahkan siapa, ya?

Numbers are rising like we'd never seen before.  We shouldn't be surprised when we saw how things got the minute the Movement Control Order (MCO) was eased.

The situation was well under control during the earlier part of the MCO. 

We all know what happened after the Saba state elections. That was our horror story of the pandemic. Even then, it was managed. 

It was after the recovery period - towards the end of 2020 that things got a little out of control. When cross borders was allowed and people were allowed a little bit more freedom of movement.

To say that all hell broke loose is an exaggeration. But you get the picture.  Traffic jams on city roads and the balik kampung traffic jams on highways. Crowded malls. Crowded restaurants. Crowded public parks. 

People planned their out-of-town holidays.  nHotels were offering fantastic packages.Those who remained in KL or PJ enjoyed their "staycation" at 6-star hotels that were offering great discounts like never before.

Malls were full of shoppers and diners.

Sure, SOP was adhered to in MOST places. But how do you adhere to in a crowd.

I think people got carried away that they do forget. 

But the MCO was eased in phases. And it was welcomed because we did a good job of controlling the pandemic.

Let's not dwell on the past or sing high praises of the past.

It is now that's our dilemma.

Someone asked - who's to be blamed for tbe rising numbers?

Come 2021 New Year celebrations, people were not only revelling in the home towns but in our holiday destinations.

Everyone was going to Langkawi or Desaru.

Hotel and resort accomodation in Langkawi was full capacity. Say what??

Have you seen the crowds throughout the island of Langkawi? 

I was told locals were spooked. I'm sure under ordinary circumstances, they'd welcome visitors. Of course, they'd want the economy to do well because it affects their livelihood.

But you can't blame them when they got real scared by the influx of holiday makers who went about their way with nary a care, judging by the many photos.

And have you seen the video of the New Year's Eve  celebration somewhere in Langakawi? Memang lah cari pasal.

And then we're surprised buy the spike in Covid 19 numbers?

You can't pin the blame on the authorities this time -lah.

We easily forget what we had gone through, how hard life had been during the lockdown and the effects till now.

Lupa saja bila tengah senang.

Memang mudah lupa lah kita ni.... 

So.. everyone bracing for that announcement by PM Muhyiddin Yassin.

Just don't go crazy panic-buying like that time not so long ago.

Let's get the e-Scooters going, okay

January 10, 2021

LET’s get real  about  e-Scooters and their place as not just another means of transportation in our cities. 

Green advocates echo their potential to revolutionise the mode of transportation in our cities.

As someone wrote somewhere: “The promise of cheap, easily available, motorized personal transportation is too alluring to be legislated out of existence.”

For now, they’re having a bad press here, particularly in the Klang Valley. Not surprising because they seemed to have suddenly appeared on our roadways, in our neighbourhoods and shopping malls. At least in the last few months or so.

Their presence on the road in the last few months had scared the hell out of people. 

They’ve been called unsafe, a nuisance and a hazard on public roads. Of course, not without reason although it would be totally unfair to wantonly paint them as dangerous vehicles. 

They are currently banned on these roads with some exceptions in some areas.

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